“Nantucket! Take out your map and look at it. See what a real corner of the world it occupies; how it stands there, away off shore, more lonely than the Eddystone lighthouse… all beach, without a background… Nantucket is no Illinois.”
When Herman Neville penned these words in 1851, he envisioned Nantucket through the eyes of a weary whaler at sea. Yet 157 years later, his words resonated with two landlocked young men in the Midwest.
Michael LoPresti and Aaron Smith could empathize with the whalers of Neville’s Moby Dick. Their music was their Nantucket, beckoning them to break away from their day jobs and go back to what they loved. It was this longing that gave way to The Lighthouse and the Whaler.
In June 2008, Michael (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboard) and Aaron (violin, guitar, keyboard) met in a field in Ohio to take photos with a friend. Taking up their instruments – a violin and a guitar – the musicians had an impromptu collaboration session as the photographer snapped his shots. By the end of the day Michael and Aaron had written their first song, aptly titled “The Field Song,” whi...